Learn about Greek gods, heroes, and creatures through digital storytelling produced by students who have learned research techniques.
In this unit, students will read the novel, The Outsiders, while simultaneously working to analyze the text and time period of the novel.
This Remote Learning Plan was created by Vicki Washburn in collaboration with Caryn Ziettlow and Eileen Barks as part of the 2020 ESU-NDE Remote Learning Plan Project. Educators worked with coaches to create Remote Learning Plans as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The attached Remote Learning Plan is designed for Grade 8 ELA students. Students will analyze the effects of a short story setting using "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson. This Remote Learning Plan addresses the following NDE Standard: 8.1.6.b, 8.1.6.iIt is expected that this Remote Learning Plan will take students 90 minutes to complete. Here is the direct link to the Google Doc:https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1adXXQ5izF8AOBm4hP_witkTO0y-lKI9LVvX8rDdl90k/edit#slide=id.p2
Students often struggle to find theme in literature--one that is not a bumper sticker, a "moral to the story," or anything that could be applied to more than one story. Understanding what theme is, an implicit argument the author is making, is the first step. Then it gets more complicated as they realize that there are wrong answers (the ones that don't make sense with the story), there are undeveloped answers (ones that don't get far enough past motif but are on the right track), and there are many possible correct answers that can be explained and supported with the text. This activity uses the Generate-Sort-Connect-Elaborate strategy in small groups to help students focus on the details of the story and how they contribute to the overall point of the story. It can be used with any piece of literature you deem appropriate for your students.